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TTTR SrVDAT OHEnoVTAX. PO"RTTA?TD. DECEMBER S7, 1914.
FOR SPORTS ENDING
Only Four Days Left of Year
That Has Brought Upsets
to Many Champions.
POLO OUTCOME INCIDENT
tflltchle's .Defeat by Welsh, Boston's
Capture of Pennant and Harvard
Victory on Henley Few of
Series of Calamities. ,
Only four effulgent, ebullient days
and the mystic veil will open to the
entrancing vista of a new season in
the realms of sportdom.
And. after duo reflection on all the
sporting: fixtures of 1914. we are In
clined to the view that Jack Johnson
1id well to wait until 1915 to meet Jess
Willard. Willi Hoppe, too.' is warned
to be careful about his billiard title.
Some rook in ye country burg is liable
to tneak in and cop the belt. De Oro
nhould pick his pool opponent with
circumspection within the next week
and the same goes for Barney Oldfield,
Percy Houghton, Gil Dobie, Walt Mc
Credie, and a lot of these other sue
cessful blokes so fortunate as to skim
thus far through this hoodoo year with
out losing their scalps.
Time was when the limpid glass held
all the future for those who would
look. It was a joy to revel amid Del
phic delvings and dodoanaen deduc
tions. But times changed in 1914 in
the Bport world. The art of crystal
gazing suffered terrible degeneration.
Svelt priestesses, whose temples and
incense used to tincture the shrines
along the sport rialto, fled in dismay
and for all we know may even now be
earning a living scrubbing floors.
Portland Fares Well.
Of course Portland fared well de
spite reverses elsewhere. Walter Mc
C'redie outwitted the fates and copped
another Pacific Coast pennant. Also
there was considerable going on In
other hemispheres to occupy the atten
tion of the enterprising seers and the
. clamoring sport public.
But that is neither here nor there.
Nineteen-fourteen will go down as
tho year of upsets in the eport world,
the year of the unexpected, of suffo
cating shocks, of high mortality in the
region of the change pocket.
If, when Lord Wimborne brought his
pick-up team from the Hurlinghatn
.Iub over here and stole the polo cup
right from under the noses of the
American prize four, any one had pre
dicted a series of sporting calamities
great would have been his fame in the
land. In two straight matches the sil
ver trophy went sailing across the
seas. The peerless conquerors of for
mer years, who seemed so certain of
victory, were utterly vanquished. Lit
tle did the casual observer or the
caustic critic think that this was only
the beginning. One by one the citadels
of strength have fallen until the great
climax was reached when Boston cul
ture triumphed over the Philadelphlan
No time was given for recovery from
the shock of the polo loss before an
other shell from the 42-centimeter how
itzers fell. Just two days after the
great Meadow Brook battle Yale de
feated Harvard on the Thames. Seven
long years of defeat stretched behind
the Blue when tho race began.
Kirn Cornell Suffers Defeat.
Here was a blow, but it was as noth
ing when ranked alongside the mighty
engagement on the Hudson. Harvard
had reigned supreme for seven years,
but what of Cornell? The traditions of
a generation supported the invincibility
of the Ked and White. An occasional
Interloper popped up to dispute the
claim, but year after, year Courtney's
men swept the river. Yet Columbia
picked out 1914 to lead the way for its
first victory in almost a score of years.
Way back in 1895 the Blue and White
won and then followed the long wait
for the big triumph.
But fate had not finished turning the
rowing world upside down. England's
claim to world supremacy in the sport
was even greater than Cornell's hold
on the American end. When Harvard
picked Its second crew to go over and
attempt to lift the Grand Challenge
Cup on the Henley few thought it
would do more than lend an interna
tional aspect to the regatta. Yet Great
Britain's star became rapidly clouded.
All the English crews were eliminated
In the first few races, so that on July
3 Harvard, by defeating the giant Win
nipeg eight and the Union Boat Club,
of Boston, by its victory over the
Mayence crew of Germany clinched the
trophy for America. A" day later the
Harvard juniors defeated the Crimson
veterans in the Union shell and cap
tured the world's chief rowingtrophy.
Tendency of Upseta Established.
By this time the general tendency of
npsets in sports was well defined, and
no one should have been surprised that
fickle fortune, having jolted rowing,
should turn its attention to boxing at
the first opportunity that came along.
The opening was not long delayed, for
on July 7 Willie Ritchie, the light
weight champion of the world In box
ing, was matched to fight Freddie
"Welsh In London. At the end of 20
rounds a new champion was crowned
and the clever American had lost his
For about a month things drifted
along placidly, although the Boston
Braves began to attract a little inter
est by coming Into the first division.
Every one was naturally glad to see
the poor wretches show signs of life
after all the years of defeat. Even the
. Giants patronizingly patted them on
the backs and told the little fellows to
keep up the good work, and perhaps in
another year they might amount to
something. It was too bad they started
their winning spurt so late. Of course,
they could not do much this season, but
Stalllngs deserved great credit for
bringing the team up in the race. So
jsaid those brilliant llterateurs, Math
ewson and McGraw.
McLonghlln Falls With Rest.
Before the Braves began to command
any undue consideration there was tire
little matter of lawn tennis to be at
tended to. Consequently the clans all
gathered at Forest Hills to see the
California comet, the mighty Maurice
McLouirhlin. and his partners, R. Nor
rls Williams and Tom , Bundy, go
through the formality of playing some
Australians who had eyes on the Davis
Cup. The fame that McLoughlln won
In his wonderful match with Norman
Brookes was tempered by the easy vic
tory of Wilding over Williams on the
first day. Then followed the triumph
of the Australians in the doubles on
the second day and the winning of the
cup on the third day, when Brookes de
feated Williams. Directly afterward,
however, McLoughlin mastered Wjldlng
and established his claim as the great
est lawn tennis player In the world,
until he went to Newport. Here Will
lams suddenly came to life and took
the ail-comers' title away from the
Californian with singular ease. And
fate had done its worst to lawn ten
The baseball situation Is still fresh
In mind. For three years In a. row the
Giants had won the National League
pennant, and for 13 years New York,
Chicago and Pittsburg had captured
all the flags In the organization. Yet
Boston, a hopeless tail-ender, forged
up from last place in July to first
place in September and won the gon
falon in a -canter. Then the Braves
assailed the Philadelphia Athletics,
who make a business of winning
world's championships. Not content
with merely beating them, they took
the series in four straight games, some
thing that had never before been done
in the annual fixture.
Players Shoot the Chutes.
But there were other upsets In the
National game which were lost to view
when attention became focused on the
brilliant career of the Braves. Hans
Wagner, for the first time in 17 years,
batted below .300 per cent, his aver
age of .250 making a sad showing
lng beside his previous record.
Rube Marquard, who once won 19
straight and defeated Babe Adams in
the longest pitchers' battle ever staged
in his circuit, that of 21 innings In
Pittsburg, lost his grin completely and
turned in 11 straight defeats.
The mighty Mathewson lost nine out
of the last 11 games he pitched. Walter
Johnson experienced his poorest sea
son in many years. Chief Bender was
knocked out of the box for the first
time in a world's series game. And eo
on-with lesser lights of the game.
Then, too. there was the Federal
League. The prophets of organized
baseball started operating on the out
laws early in the year. Never before
had a circuit beyond the pale been
successful. In March they said the
Feds would never start. In April they
declared the new organization would
blow up before June. In July they as
serted it would never finish the season.
But October found Indianapolis a pen
nant winner in a thrilling race.
Reversal of form did not affect golf
to any great degree. Although the
three American guardsmen Ouimet,
Travis and Evans made a sorry
showing in England, victory was more
hoped than anticipated, and Ouimet
came back strongly in the amateur
championship in the United States and
robbed Travers of his crown.
The crowned heads have fallen rap
Idly, and any one who has a collec
tion of laurels should put them In the
safe and set the time lock for New
Year's day, 1915.
DURFEES' HORSES LEAD
ESPERANZA WINS MOST MOXEV IX
Frank S. Whitney and Rags Take Sec
ond and Third Places Respectively,
The Horseman's Flsrures Show.
In the money-winning raco horse sta
tistics, compiled In the recent Christ
mas number of the Horseman, Will Dur-
fees string, as usual, headed the list in
the California circuit. Durfee furnished
the three leading trotters, Esperanza,
Frank S. Whitney and Rags, and had
charge of White Sox. the famous and
leading pacer who nosed out John W.
Consldine's Clara Mac.
The three-year-old Esperanza went
right down the line and made a clean
up, taking six first places in as many
starts for a total of $6537. The Carlo
kin filly skipped up to the Northwest
after winning everything in sight
here, and then won honors at Phoe
nix. FTank S. Whitney was seven
times first and twice second for $3475.
Rags took two firsts and two seconds.
according to the Horseman's statistics.
although it seems that he won more
races. Albaloma had a good record of
White Sox, that was converted Into a
pacer only Last season, drew down five
firsts, two seconds and two places out
side the money for a total of S327b.
Clara Mac was right behind with six
firsts and one third for 13150. The sta
tistics on the California circuit per
formers are given as follows:
leading Money-Winning- Trotter.
s? a "i f
a o 3 H. a
HORSE. ; f B g
i ; 0 ;
Esperanza 6 0 0 0 0 $8337
Frank S. Whitney. 7 2 0 0 0 3475
Rass 2 2 0 0 0 3375
Mabel Van 1 5 1 2 1 3235
Albaloma 5 10 11 29J0
NuriBto 4 1 2 O 1 22ri
Bon Courage O 4 O 1 0 2US2
Or. Wayo 5 3 1 1 1 1SKO
Great Northern .... 4 1' 3 0 O lttua
Alerlck 0 4 0 1 1 110
Favana '..2 1 1 1 0 1075
St. Patrick 1 0 3 2 1 10B5
Leading Money-Winning Pacers.
A V H CJ 33
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i : i : 2. ;
5 2 0 0 2 8'43
0 1 O 0 8100
3 1 2 0 0 2350
6 0 0 0 0 1.1 -R
3 0 O 1 0 3950
1 2 2 3 8 1233
2 2 0 1 0 1183
1 4 0 11 112U
3 2 2 0 1 1000
1 2 O 1 1 t 1050
WMnter racing Is now In full bloom.
Juarez, Mexico, started the season on
Turkey day. The sport there will
flourish for 100 days, and it is alto
gether possible that an extension of
40 days will be granted. Charleston,
8. C, opened Its season December 2,
for a session of 30 days. New Orleans,
La., puts on a card of 41 days dura
tion, commencing January 1. Seven
days later H. D. Brown, formally opens
his great new plant down at Havana,
Cuba, for a stay of 68 days.
Mr. Brows, who Is a New Yorker, has
built one- of the roost thoroughly
equipped racing plants in existence.
He has built a clubhouse that looks
like an annex to a king's palace. He
offers some of the richest stakes ever
carded at a Winter meet. His under
taking seems assured of success, as the
war in Europe has greatly curtailed
racing on the other side of the pond.
As a result many of the largest Brit
ish and French .stables will establish
themselves at Havana for the Winter, a
few coming to Juarez.
Anthony Neylon, the Portland boy,
was third among the winning jockies in
Kentucky this season. Walter Taylor led
with 71 wins, Martin second with 69,
while Neylon was a close third with GS.
A year ago Neylon looked like the
making of the best boy in America.
Though he has not fulfilled all expec
tations, he has demonstrated that he
is one of the good ones.
Neylon Is not the only Northwest
boy to make good on the Eastern
tracks. Burllngame, Buxton and
Keogh were numbered among the good
Rube Dickson, of Independence, Or.,
has had a successful year,--with Lack
rose, the horse he got out of a selling
race at Juarez, a couple of seasons
back. He won a number of good races
at Vancouver, B. C. After the close of
the Missouri meet. Rube shipped Lack
rose to Kentucky, where at Latonia
he beat some of the birds in one of the
best betting races of the meet. Lack
rose paying $23.80. for S2 in the mu
tuals. Rube is now at Juarez, where
we may expeot him to put one over
on the wiBe ones occasionally.
H. L. Sparr and William Kendall, of
Canby, Or have purchased the good
running mare. Ethel Samson. Ethel
was one of the fastest sprinters that
raced over the Canadian circuit this
season. She is a Kentucky bred mare
and Is a royal bred one, too, being by
Samson-Ethel Simpson. Ethel Samson
is Just about as fast as anybody's
sprinter, and not' enly that, but she
can go over the distance route as well.
Mr. Sparr Is well known as having
bred and owned the fast pacers, Hal
Gray, 2:08, and Grey Ghost. Mr. Ken
dall has owned or been interested In
a number of good horses. Including
Hal B, 2:04; Haltamont. 2:044. and
Lady Pauchlta, another Northwest
owned galloper, also made a trip to
Kentucky, though not favored with so
much success as Lackrose.
Sepulvedas, a horse well known here,
formerly owned by Rube Dickson and
a winner of the Oregon derby one year
at Salem, has been fairly successful on
the Eastern tracks this year, having
won a oouple of distance affairs at
WISCONSIN ATHLETICS PAY
University's Financial Report Shows
Net Balance of $2220.
Athletics at the University of Wis
consin netted a profit of $3220, ac
cording to the financial report for the
year ending July 30, 1914, given out
by Athletic Director Ehler. The total
amount taken in from all forms of ath
letics was $44,349. while the expendi
tures were $41,119.
Football and basketball were the
only two self-supporting sports, . al
though the deficit on baseball was
only $550, the first time in years that
1 DIAGRAM OF THE PROPOSED EIGHTE EN-HOLE GOLF COURSE TO
BT-THE-SEA" EARLY NEXT SUMMER.
HOTBL.T ' "
this sport has come anywhere near
Rowing showed the largest discrep
ancy between receipts and expendi
tures. The Poughkeepsie trip and the
expense incurred in connection with it
cost $4419, while the receipts were
According to the estimates of Di
rector Ehler, the net gain of receipts
over expenditures for the season of
1914-15 should be in the neighborhood
of $12,000. It is figured the coming
football season will net the Badgers
$42,300, while the probable expendi
tures for this sport are placed at
$20,700. , .
BOXER QUITS BROTHER'S CLASS
Tommy Gibbons Leaves atlddle
weights to Become Heavy.
CHICAGO. Dec. 22. (Special.) What
would you do if you were one of the
world's greatest middle-weight boxers
and were blessed with an older brother
who was really the world's greatest
boxer in the same division?
Tommy Gibbons, younger brother of
the Marvelous Mike, of St. Paul, Minn.,
happens to be face to face with just
such a problem But Tommy has solved
the problem. He is going to vacate the
middle-weight class and will step into
the light heavy-weight division with
a view of eventually annexing the
world's championship crown among
Tommy Gibbons is going to be a
heavy weight. Of that there Is no
doubt. He boxed Billy Glover at New
York on Thanksgiving day, and al
though he had trained right down to
the minute, the battling brother of the
Marvelous Mike weighed66 pounds.
Right off the reel Mike shouted with
glee: "Tommy Is going to be a heavy
JAVELIX THROW SUBSTITUTED
Hammer Event Considered Too
Dangerous by Illinois College.
The Illinois' Interscholastlc Athletic
Association, upon the suggestion of
Coach Fred Mubl of Bloomington, has
substituted the javelin for the hammer
throw at future track meets. This is
the first conference west of Pittsburg
to take this action.
It is contended that the hammer
throw is too dangerous for college
athletics. Messrs. Reynolds and Nich
ols, both of Chicago, were selected as
officials at the state basketball tour
nament to be held in March, and Presi
dent F. C. Brown, of the conference,
was chosen delegate to the session of
the western college organizations to be
held in Chicago December 29.
According to reports from BoiBe.
Bud Anderson was not in the best of
condition when he went Into the ring
against Frank Barrieau Christmas
night- The Vancouver boy was suf
fering from stomach trouble previous
to entering the ring, said a Portlander
who saw the battle and is acquainted
TXTl. .-4-L aim TtwT fa dnlr n vttf liA 1 '1 a
called off his scheduled 10-round en
counter with Sammy Good set for
New Year's In Pendleton.
Dan Salt, the well-known Seattle
promoter, has found a boxer that can
give them all cards and spades, accord
ing to Ed Hughes, Seattle scribe.
The following conversation is said
to have taken place recently between
the former Northwestern League pres
ident and Salt:
"Can the boy hit?" Hughes asked
"Can he hit?" exclaimed the rotund
promoter. "Say, he hits 'em so hard
that their hair flies out in chunks as
big as a cocoanut and leaves bare
spots on their head as large as a silver
Some hitter, that kid!
England's boxer-soldiers now at the
front are distinguishing themselves In
more ways than one, according to re
ports received almost daily from the
Private Curzon, who was taken to
England last year from India to rep
resent that branch of the service in
the army meet in London, was recently
made a Sergeant for bravery on the
field of battle. ;
Frankie Jones and Eddie Miller, two
California fistic artists, and "Moose"
Taussig, the trainer, left San Fran
cisco recently for Australia, where the
boys are signed to enter In five con
tests. They will join Snowy Baker's
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GEARHAPiT LINKS MAY
BE ENVY OF COAST
Natural Bunkers and Hazards
Abundant on 18-HoIe Course
Now in Progress.
SITE HAS PANORAMA VIEW
Golfers Will Be Able to Use Grounds
That Drain Quickly Because of
Sand Nearly All Year Round.
Longest Hole Is 632 Yards.
What many devotees of golf believe
will prove to be the best seashore
course In America. Is under construc
tion at Gearhart . Park and will be
opened, to the public, June 1, 1915.
Throughout the course, natural bunk-
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Z3i3jo Ge3c?2, ?Zffon.
ers and hazards are abundant, placing
it oni a par with some of the Inland
The old nine-hole course is being
used until the time for the opening of
the new 18-hole links. The much
talked about, new affair is situated on
a rolling meadow of natural turf with
the subsoil of a sandy nature so that
water never stands and the surface
dries soon after showers.
Coarse Suitable Tear A round.
' As a result, this will make it suit
able for golfing the year around. One
of the best panoramic sea views Is
commanded from the sixth tee. From
this place you can see the Pacific
Ocean, Tillamook Head, the jetty at the
mouth of the Columbia River, Saddle
back Mountain and the surrounding in
The natural bunkers,, of which the
management Is so proud, were - formed
and left by' the ocean when It receded
centuries ago. From the first tee to
the eighteenth hole, the distance is
6220, making the Gearhart-by-the-Sea
course one of the longest on the Coast.
One hole, the sixteenth. Is 632 yards
from the tee, making it the .longest on
the course. The shortest is the thiro
hole, with only 141 yards, separating
it from the tee. Near the first tee, the
hotel, clubhouse, natatorium and tennis
courts are located as Is the case with
the present new hole links.
120 Acres Covered by Coarse.
The new course is spread over an
area of more than 120 acres and the
present nine holes are scattered over
about 40 acres. Work on the new
PAST AND FUTURE OF
GOLF GETS COMMENT
Rapid Growth in Popularity Attributed to Charm That Gives New Life
Even to Tired Business Man-J. Martin Watson Considers Phases.
BY J. MARTIN WATSON,
Professional of Waverly Country Club.
THIS, being the festive season of the
year, we are all more or less in
clineri to rpvlftor rinsf f vpiiI a to
enable us to make new resolutions.
Look back for a moment over the
record or your golf- fmmmmmtmmifk
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J. Martin Watson
and ancient game is without a peer
it is the greatest game in the world
and, though perhaps not prominent in
the States, the time is not far distant
when it will be. Golf Is not alone a
game for the elect; it Is for the many,
and can only be reached by all through
the means of public courses. Never
before in the history of the game has
golf taken such a hold in the States
as It has done within the last few
years, and from every indication, the
season of 1915 will eclipse them all.
One hundred million dollars are now
invested In American links. What bet
ter proof is required of the popularity
of the game?
Portland Has Examples.
Let Portland come to the front with
her sister cities on the Coast by put
ting in a public course, thereby putting
the "go" in golf In Oregon. The busi
ness man of this county, who some
years ago ridiculed the idea of chasing
a little white ball over 100 acres of
pastures green and would rather work
his head off all day In his office, for
getting that his mental qualities must
be ballasted by his physical attributes,
discovered that his system was in dan
ger of Impairment and he needs must
seek God's out-o'-doors and the
healthy exercises that go with it to
make life worth the living and so
golf was given him. Now he talks It,
eats it, sleeps it and dreams it. He
comes down to his office feeling like a
youngster. His working capacity Is tre
bled. He cannot finish his work soon
enough. He must make the 12:30 car,
for he has an Important match at 1:15
with his old-time rival. He hurries down
the street and a familiar voice calls
to him: "Well, how was your game
yesterday? Did you beat him? Well,
I'll meet you tomorrow. Let's get an
early start." And the bond of fellow
ship makes the blood run quicker and
it's good to be alive.
Game Haa Fascination.
Like Cleopatra's charms, age cannot
wither nor custom stale Its Infinite i.
course has ceased until about the first
of February, according to O. W. Taylor,
of the Gearhart Park Company.
Mr. Taylor visited the links last Sun
day and reports that more than 20 golf
ers were out, trying their luck. Noth
ing definite has been done about mak
ing par for the 18 holes, but the 9-hole
affair was rather easy. Not one of the
holes In use now will be In the pro
posed change, according to the men In
George H. Eddy. George Turnbull ana
R. C. F. Astbury, -all well-known pro
fessionals, went over the new grounds.
All were heartily in favor of the
change. Mr. Astbury remained at the
links for 10 days while some of the
work was being done late last Fall.
Work Is Explained.
After visiting the grounds Sunday,
Mr. Taylor said:
"I am mighty pleased with the prog
ress that has been made on the new
course and now we are waiting for the
first of February, when active work
again will commence. The old mead
ows did not need much attention, but
where we went up on the sand extra
care and caution had to be taken.
"We dug up the sand and then cut
sod and placed it so that it will be in
good condition by early Spring. More
than 150 loads of fertilizer have been
used. The whole course has been rolled
and at present we have sheep grazing
there so that the grass will be just
right for us to commence work.
"The clubhouse will be moved nearer
to the first hole and then raised. Last
season we charged a nominal sum for
the privilege of using the links, but
nothing has been said relative of tht
cost to go around. It is our desire to
BE OPENED AT "GEARHART -
have everything completed when June
1 rolls around, but at any rate we hope
to open it to the public on that day."
Following is the distance between
each hole of the proposed 18-hole
course: 1, 381 yards; 2, 384; 3, 141: 4,
351; 5, 390; 6, 306; 7. 293; 8, 511; 9, 412;
10. 243; 11, 423; 12, 172: 13, 504; 14,
182; 15, 275; 16, 632; 17, 352; 18, 264.
GOLF' COURSE TO BE IX TRACK
Chicago Speedway Oval Will Inclose
One of Longest Links.
CHICAGO. Dec 26. (Special.)
Within the two-mile oval of the new
Chicago Automobile Speedway one of
the longest golf courses In the United
States is to be constructed. The course
will be ready for the opening celebra
tions July 4. President David F. Reid,
of the Speedway Park Association, an
By way of getting actual work upon
the course started the speedway offi
cials sent Bob Jolly, the diminutive
Park Ridge professional and director
of the indoor golf department at the
Sportsmen's Club of America, to in
spect the ground in Maywood a few
days ago. Bob was instructed to de
cide upon the possibilities of the land
and co-operate in the laying out of an
18-hole course that will provide a real
championship test when it Is completed.
The golf project provides an excel
lent means of taking care of the great
surplus acreage "In the center of the
race course. Of the 320-acre tract pur-
riety. On a par it is with metaphysics
ana the feminine heart, all to be won
dered at long. To one who Is not within
the charmed circle, this elusive game
is difficult to understand and appre
ciate. It must be played to be appre
ciated and, to get its full value. It must
be played scientifically; and to this
end there is only one means, and that
Is practice not of a spasmodic or des
ultory sort, but of a desire to succeed,
severance, born of a desire to succeed.
This must be done intelligently and
with the aid of a competent instructor,
who will enter into the work In sym
pathy with your aims, who will be
your guide, philosopher and friend, for
if you cannot work together the result
will be a failure discord Is death, but
harmony means life. Nothing is
gained without work and study of a
high order. TVork which must be the
fruit of concentrated thought, which.
with perseverance, eventually must
give birth to results long dreamed of.
Long Experience Needed.
It has been said It takes seven years
to become a golfer. W lrnnnr ic -
long, long way to Tipperary. but If
vriiv Vt i-i -t -.. . 1 1 1 .
" v i"i - n mcio yuu li Win.
The motto of the university I at
tended is. "Dum epiro spero." Let the
"tyro" think of this, for it is a strug
gle and a grand one. We must go on
hoping; we must keep on fighting: and
here lies the incentive. No opposition,
no fight. It is a law of nature, the
survival of the fittest, and we glory
in 1 1.
From my viewpoint no place on earth
has greater advantages for golf than
this fair city. Climatic conditions are
such as make It possible to play the
game every day in the year, over a
course that can test a good player's
skill and on putting greens that any
club should be proud of. These are
reasons why Portland has advantages
over other cities and should produce
as good golfers as the Middle West or
East does. You say, perhaps this is
all so, but why is it we do not have a
higher standard of golf here?
High Standard Needs Practice.
This is easily answered. It Is be
cause you do not practice enough. Tou
must think your game out before you
play it, not while playing It. If you do
the latter you court disaster.
Great golfers are men who have been
taught the value of concentration, and
until you learn this art you cannot
climb the ladder of success. Get to
work and do so diligently. Take eaoh
club individually till you get acquaint
ed with them all. It may be months, or
years; no matter.
There is only one read we must
travel, and, though It be long ere the
lane turns, what awaits us there Is
beyond desorlptien. The Winter of
our discontent will soon be made glo
rious Summer and now I will leek for
ward with Interest and pleasure to the
future of golf In Portland.
chased by the Speedway Park Associa
tion there will be a total of 160 acres
available for the clubhouse and links
inside the track.
PUBLIC COURSES ARE POPULAR
Thousands Patronize Golf Grounds
in Chicago Parks.
CHICAGO. Dec. 26. (Special.) In
the matter of public golf courses Chi
cago is well ahead of New York, both
in the number of courses and In the
number of golfers who use them. In
Chicago there are two courses in Jack
son Park, one of 18 and the other of
nine holes, and there are nine-hole
courses in Garneld, Marquette and Lin
coln parks. Here in New York there
are 18-hole courses in Van Cortlandt
and Pelham Bay parks in the Bronx
and in Forest Park in Brooklyn.
borne 9000 golfers use the public
courses In the Western city and it is
estimated that there are over 400,000
starters on the public courses during
the season. Over 6000 golfers obtained
permits to play on the van Cortlandt
and Pelham Bay courses this year and
about 1500 golfers use the Forest Park
TOLD ON THE LINKS
THE mortality among golf balls Is
to be materially reduced at the
new links of the Portland Golf Club.
The kink in "'Dead Man's" creek, or
whatever it is called, is to be straight
ened out and the fairway between the
eighth and ninth holes made less dan
gerous to life, limb and gutta percha.
A small canal, about 100 feet long, is
to be dug off to the east just below
the present eighth hole and this will
make possible the filling up of the
creek on its twist back under the brow
of the hill below the barn.
Most of the players can drive over
this bad spot under the temporary
links, but when the permanent greens
are ready the hole will be much too
sporty for everybody except ball
Last Sunday J. Martin Watson, the
new professional at the Waverly Coun
try Club, was quoted incorrectly as ad
vocating the running up-shot.
"Every golfer ought to know the
running-up shot," remarked Mr. Wat
son during the week. "But that re
mark must not be misconstrued. I al
ways have advocated the pitch shot as
preferable on modern courses which
are 5iavily bunkered. The runnlng-up
shot is best on some of the straight
away courses. But, as I said before, a
good golfer ought to know both the
pitch and the runnlng-up shots."
James F. Hughes, New York golfer,
has invented a game that ere long
may enable devotees of driver and
mashie to laugh defiance at snow and
ice. This is none other than "after
dinner golf." Every set includes a reg
ulation mashle and putter, besides three
disks and a hole, which is easily the
best of the indoor substituted yet seen.
A ball truly struck will upon bitting
the back of the cup hole out.
There are three disks through which
the ball is putted, and these disks,
like the hole, may be turned in any di
rection so as to present the opening
toward the ball. In the course of a
round the ball has to go once through
each of these disks, twice Into the hole,
once over a bunker and once through
a hazard. The hazard, which lends con
siderable zest to the game, is placed In
the line of play to the first disk. The
width between the inside walls of this
trouble Is only two inches, scarcely
more than enough to permit the pas
sage of the ball, so unless the globe en
ters exactly in the center it will be
deflected sharply to either side.
Unlike other indoor games, there Is
more to this than mere putting, for
"after-dinner golf" begins with a
mashie shot. The player makes his
first stroke from a felt tee, being re
quired to pitch over a miniature bunker.
The further the bunker is away from
the tee the more difficult it becomes to
pitch over and stop the ball near the
hole. The game can be played on a
carpet or any rug of good size and if
the ball rolls beyond the lines of the
outside of the disks it may be treated
as "out of bounds" and played over the
same as in the regular game.
Women golfers usually are not long
drivers and many a time attempts have
been made to explain why It Is so. Gen
erally It is attributed to lack of
strength in the wrists, and it is al
lowed to go at that.
Those who have delved into the tech
nique of golf understand that the rea
son why a person can get a long drive
is because he has learned how to con
trol his club so that at the moment of
Impact with the ball the. clubhead is
traveling at ail the speed the golfer
can command. On the speed of the club
head, therefore, rests the secret of a
long drive, provided, of course, the
other essentials of the swing have not
To produce this result it is necessary
to have strong - forearms and wrists.
This probably accounts why persons of
"HEAVY" TITLE BOUTS DE
CIDED IS CALIFORNIA
1891, May 21 James J. Corbett
and Peter Jackson fought 61
round draw at San Francisco.
Declared no contest by referee.
1902, July 25 James J. Jeffries
knocked out Bob Fltzsimmons.
challenger for the title, at San
Francisco, eight rounds.
1903, August 14 James J. Jef
fries knocked out James J. Cor
bett, challenger for the title, at
San Francisco, ten rounds.
1904, August 26 James J. Jef
fries knocked out Jack Munroe,
challenger for the title, at San
Francisco, two rounds.
1905, December 20 Jack
O'Brien knocked out Bob Fltz
simmons in San Francisco, 12
1906, February 23 Tommy
Burns defeated Marvin Hart, who
claimed the title, at Los Angeles,
1907, May 7 Tommy Burns de
feated Jack O'Brien at Los An
geles, 20 rounds.
1907. July 4 Tommy Burns
knocked out Bill Squires, Colma,
1909, October 16 Jack Johnson
knocked out Stanley Ketch el at
Colma, 12 rounds.
slight physique, but at the same time
having strength from the elbows to the
tips of the fingers, can get distance.
It is not the build of an ordinary
woman to have powerful forearms and
wrists, but where such is the case in
variably they are long drivers.
As illustrations, take Miss Lillian B.
Hyde, the metropolitan champion; Mis3
Marion Hollins, former title holder, and
Miss Gladys Ravenscroft, erstwhile
title holder for both Great Britain and
the United States. When Miss Ravens
croft was in America her driving, was
a matter for wide comment, and a
glance at her wrists when she ad
dressed the ball revealed the fact that
she was able to make the clubhead
travel so fast at the moment of impact
that the ball had to go.
How fast a clubhead travels may be
Imagined when cameras adjusted to
take a picture at one-thousandth of a
second cannot record without a show
of motion the club at the moment of
Impact or the ball within a fraction of
a second after It has been struck.
Expnrt botanlt have found that the
I of tree can he told by the leaf mark
ings, the older the tree the smaller and
more numerous lis leaf eella.
Hint Is Given in Letter to Sol
Levinson From George
SOME ALREADY IN WEST
Mat Game Seldom nourishes Wliere
Boxing Is Permitted, but lian on
Fights May Put Other Sport
In Favor Once More.
BT HARRY B. SMITH.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 26. (Special.)
There is a well-defined suspicion that
the wrestlers are looking upon Cali
fornia with longing eyes and would en
Joy nothing better than to procure a
foothold in the Golden West, now that '
the boxing game is passe. This feel
ing has been strengthened consider
ably by a letter received the other day
from George McLeod, oldtime wrestler.
The letter was directed to Sol Levin
son, boxing-glove manufacturer, and
was by way of inquiring as to condi
tions here. McLeod expressed regret
that the fighting game had flown and
then gave a lot of Information about
wrestlers, who are in the West or who
plan to locate here shortly.
Farmer Burns, for instance, lias a
farm near San Diego. Frank Gotch
has acquired a ranch not so far from
Los Angeles and John Berg is in Spo
kane. "As for myself." adds McLeod, "I am
coming back to California, for I con
sider that country is my home."
It is generally considered by men
who have followed sports closely, that
wrestling does not thrive where box
ing is permitted. In short, the fight
game has the upperhand. Twenty-five
years ago, when there was a ban on
pugilism in the State of California,
wrestling flourished. Then came tho
reign of King Glove and boxing disap
peared. During the last few years, until quito
recently, wrestling was a favorite pas
time in and around Chicago and other
localities "of the Middle West. Then
came the entrance of boxing at Mil
waukee, the legalizing of 10-round
matches, and wrestling has mysterious
It is quite possible, of course, that
th sport will meet with favor now that
nothing else is open, although thero
will have to be a reformation all alon;r
the line. One of the chief faults of
wrestling has been the tendency to
"fake" matches. If this can be done
away with, bring on your wrestlers.
Otherwise there will be nothing doing.
Willie Ritchie announces that his
pugillsitc activities will recommence
about February, by which time he ex
pects to be in good shape for a series
of contests that will work up to a
match with Freddie Welsh for the
lightweight championship. Ritchie is
evidently in demand, judging from tho .
inquiries that have come to him from
various Eastern promoters and the
American tltleholder sees no reason
why he should not make money while
the hay is shining.
Several days ago there came word
to him that Jimmy Johnston, match
maker of Madison Square Garden was
prepared to offer him a guarantee of
$5000 for a bout with Freddie Welsh.
Inasmuch as Johnston started in a few
week- back by offering $2500 to Ritchie'
for the same sort of a match, the out
look Is promising.
Frank Mulkern. of Milwaukee, came -through
this week to Ritchie with a
proposition to name his terms, finan
cially and from a weight standpoint,
for a bout against one of the best of
the lightweights. Mulkern suggested
that January 11 Is an open date with
him. Ritchie responded to the effect
that he could not think of climbinsr
back into the ring before February 1.
"This is my campaign," announced
Willie thiB week. "First of all, I will
need two or three weeks of systematic
training right here In San Francisco,
so that I can gradually get into shape.
Then I would like to jump to Milwau
kee, take on a match, go on to New
York for another match and finally
strike for Los Angeles.
"For a 20-round match with Welsh,
I am willing to do the same weight as
we made in London, 135 pounds at 2
o'clock in tho afternoon for a night
fight. Otherwise. I will make all iny
bouts at catchwelghts. Welsh, as the
champion, is insisting upon catchweight
conditions and it looks to me that I
should have the same privilege.
"By no means am I ready to retire
from the ring. There are some fancy
guarantees to be had in the East and
I see no reason why I should overlook
Incidentally, Ritchie is just now one
of the sensations in San Francisco by
reason of some big posters adorning
the billboards of the city, which read
something like this:
Startling Announcement Jan. 1. 1913.
Naturallv, it has created a world of
talk, which is just what the men who
Instigated the proposition are after.
Rumor has it that Ritchie is going into
business In San Francisco with one of
the old established firms and is taking
this rather spectacular method of an
nouncing it to the world. Whatever his
scheme, he says that it will in no way
Interfere with his fistic career, which,
he plans to resume in such short order.
The Australian steamer Sonoma,
which sailed this week for Sydney, car
ried oh it Frankie Jones, lightweight;
Eddie Miller, featherweight, and Moose
Taussig, their manager. The two boys,
as had been previously announced, are
to have five .fights apiece on Aus
tralian soil, under the promotion of
Snowy Baker and they do not ilgure
on returning to San Francisco in less
than six months, unless something
should happen. While, from all re
ports, the picking is poor across tho
water, at the same time, these boys
have nothing to lose and everything to
gain by such a journey and they are
well satisfied to make the trip.
The boxing game did not go out In
any burst of glory In San Frcncisco.
In the first place, Eddie Moy and Red
Watson proved a mighty poor drawing
card for the final bout. Also the edge
had been taken off the "last bout"
stuff and the crowd was rather fearful
lest it might be handed another lemon.
Things went off well, but there wasn't
the bang that a lot had been lead to
expect. Billy Jordan, the veteran an
nouncer, declared that he had come
In with the boxing game 60 years ago
and was going out with it. Likewise,
he Insisted upon introducing George
Hartlng, the timekeeper of- many
championship matches, who said some
thing to the same effect.
Otherwise, there were no heart
throbs and the boxers went about their
business in the routine style. Perhaps
one thing was worthy of comment. Not
a challenger poked his head through
the ropes to issue a defi to the winner.
Perhaps the upcoming generation real
ized that it would be foolishness per
sonified to take such action and stayed